Jillian has traveled, filmed and photographed extensively across the globe, from the Outback wildlife of Western Australia to the prolific coral reefs of Indonesia. After graduating from the University of New England with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, Jillian worked on projects with Mote Marine Lab, National Geographic Critter Cam, Dr Samuel Gruber and the Bimini Biological Field Station (Sharklab) and Dr Sylvia Earle before moving to Australia to work on the Shark Bay Ecological Research Project. During this time Jillian logged hundreds of hours in the water filming, photographing and diving with some of the world’s largest apex predators. With a camera always in hand, she quickly realized that both photos and videos provide graphic and powerful tools for education. Two years of working as a freelance cameraman and camera pro at H20 Photo Pros allowed her to hone her skills with a wide range of cameras and formats, from Nikon and Canon to Sony HD and Panasonic. Jillian has recently returned to life on the ocean, joining an ecotourism liveaboard where she is currently filming and photographing sharks and dolphins, collecting stock footage and developing conservation educational materials.
Through her travels Jillian has worked on a wide range of projects from filming white sharks from outside the cage to diving unexplored cenotes of the Yucatan. She is a PDIC Scuba instructor, rebreather diver, avid freediver and underwater model. Jillian also writes for numerous publications and websites, while building a library of shark related educational materials..
Projects and Experience:
- " White Sharks of Isla Guadalupe", Shark Diving International Oct 27-Nov 12, 2008 - “DEMA Daily Report”, Scuba Diving Magazine, Liquid Assets Productions Oct 22-25, 2008 - "Underwater Explorer's Society", Promotional Video, October 20 -"Into the Drink", Liquid Assets Productions, Sept 17- Oct 6, 2008 -“The Over/Under", Liquid Assets Productions, Sept 17-Oct 6, 2008 - "White Sharks of the Farallons", Incredible Adventures, Ocean Outreach, Sept 10-Nov 25, 2005
On Camera Talent / Model:
- "Swimming with Sharks”, Today Show, NBC March 16, 2009 - "Portfolio Collection", Matthew Douglas Addison Photography - "Extreme Diver", NatPix Productions, Advanced Diver Magazine, Jan 10-22, 2008 - "Sport Diver Magazine", Ty Sawyer & Walt Stearns Photography, April 07, Aug 07, Oct 07, Nov 07
Camera assistant / Location Guide
- "Oceana Save Shark Campaign", Oceana, January Jones, Feb 2-5, 2009
-"The Science of Shark Conservation", Shark Diver Magazine, Issue 20, May 2009 -"Vacation with a bite: Go Swimming with Sharks”,Today, MSNBC.com, Feb 19, 2009 -"Best Spots to Swim with Sharks", The National Post, Feb 18, 2009 -"Make A Wish: Swimming with Sharks", Make A Wish Foundation, Jan 16-25, 2009